Creating highly targeted load tests for your web server doesn’t have to be complicated. And it won’t be, at least not if you know what to look for. The secret is to approach a load test with the mind of a developer. You’re not going to run a test just to punish your web server. You’re trying to gather valuable data that will aid you in keeping your web applications fast and responsive. To do this, let’s look at two simple steps to create a scientifically sound load test.